gjhfgjhhRuffley goes to Tesco to Fight for Future of Moreton Hall Post Office

Tuesday, 9 March, 2004

David Ruffley has demanded a personal meeting with Tesco at their headquarters to continue his fight to secure the future of the Moreton Hall Post Office in the One Stop Shop in Lawson Place. This is under threat following the takeover by Tesco of the chain of One Stop Shops.

As a result of his intensive lobbying he will be meeting Ian Crick, the senior retail strategist at Tesco's national HQ, on Wednesday, 10 March at 2.00 p.m.

gjhfgjhhRuffley Warns of A14 Gridlock by 2010

Friday, 27 February, 2004

What's the difference between the Central and Eastern A14 interchanges in Bury St Edmunds and a car park? The answer is by around 2010 there won't be any. The roundabouts will be gridlocked. Jammed up. As a car driver you might just as well put your handbrake on and sit there.

The Highways Agency tell me they are worried about traffic backing up the slip roads and onto the A14. So even the A14 carriageways will be clogged up- never mind the roundabouts in the town.

gjhfgjhhRuffley Reveals New Figures: Police Levy on Council Tax up 133% since 1997

Tuesday, 16 March, 2004

David Ruffley MP for Bury St Edmunds, today published new research compiled by Conservatives showing that the police authority levy on Suffolk's council tax bills has soared by 133% per cent under Labour. This year, the police precept is forecast to be £120 on Band D bills, compared to £51 in 1997, an increase of £69 a year.

David said:

gjhfgjhhRuffley Condemns Powergen's Withdrawal of Pre-Payment Electricity Tokens from Post Offices

Tuesday, 16 March, 2004

David Ruffley has received calls from concerned constituents following Powergen's announcement that they are withdrawing electricity pre-payment tokens from sale in post offices from 1 April. This decision has caused alarm among Sub-postmasters and Powergen's customers alike.

People who rely on these pre-payment tokens will now have to buy them elsewhere and for many village residents where the post office is the only local retail outlet this will mean travelling into Stowmarket or Bury St Edmunds.

gjhfgjhhMichael Howard Appoints David Ruffley to Her Majesty's Opposition Whips' Office

Tuesday, 16 March, 2004

David Ruffley has been appointed a Whip in Her Majesty's Opposition Whips' Office by the Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition. This has widely been seen as a vote of confidence in David Ruffley's performance as a parliamentarian because appointment to the Whips' Office has to have the unanimous consent and approval of all the existing Whips.

gjhfgjhhRuffley Sponsors Food Labelling Bill in House of Commons

Tuesday, 23 March, 2004

David Ruffley was one of the sponsors of the Food Labelling Bill introduced in the House of Commons on Monday, 22 March by Richard Bacon, MP for South Norfolk.

The Bill promotes the clearer labelling of food so that consumers are given clearer, more accurate and more honest information. Information to be included on food labels includes the country of origin, the contents and standards of production of that food.

gjhfgjhhNeedham Market: Ruffley Calls County Council to Meeting and Demands Pedestrian Safety Measures in Coddenham Road

Thursday, 12 February, 2004

Following concerns expressed by residents of Uvedale Court residential home in Needham Market regarding the safety of pedestrians in Coddenham Road, David Ruffley has called a meeting with Suffolk County Council to discuss the situation. The meeting with residents, which David Ruffley will chair, will be attended by Keith Bridges, Team Leader, Traffic and Safety Management at Suffolk County Council. He has particular responsibility for the Needham Market area.

The meeting will take place on Friday, 13 February at 2.15 p.m. at Uvedale Court, Needham Market.

gjhfgjhhNeedham Market: Ruffley Gets Assurance from Barclays Bank that Closure in Needham Won't Happen

Thursday, 12 February, 2004

David Ruffley today released a letter he has received following his letter to senior managers at Barclays Bank in the wake of concerns that their branch in Needham Market was under threat.

David said: 'I was dismayed to hear from local residents and traders that opening hours of the Barclays Branch in Needham Market were being cut. This led to justifiable fears that hours reduction was a prelude to full closure.

gjhfgjhhRuffley Takes Tesco To Task Over Moreton Hall Post Office Closure

Tuesday, 17 February, 2004

David Ruffley today released the text of a letter to Sir Terry Leahy, Chief Executive of Tesco, which he has sent to more than 100 people who attended his personal public meeting last Friday evening at Sebert Wood Community Primary School.

gjhfgjhhRuffley Quizzed by Priory School Pupils

Wednesday, 28 January, 2004

David Ruffley is paying his annual visit to Priory School in Mount Road, Bury St Edmunds on Friday, 30th January to answer questions from the pupils. The session is led by Mr Roger MacKenzie.

This will be the fifth time Mr Ruffley has attended a Question Time at Priory School. Following the success of his visit soon after he was elected as MP for Bury St Edmunds, the session has now become an annual event much enjoyed by both MP and pupils.

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